We Did It!

I am honored to have received the support of Berkeley voters for a seat on the Berkeley School Board!

Our victory was possible because of your support, encouragement, endorsements, donations, precious space for yard signs, time, and chatter among your friends, colleagues, and neighbors!

I'm looking forward to serving Berkeley students and families with my campaign colleagues, Ty Alper and Ka'Dijah Brown, along with Beatriz Leyva-Cutler and Judy Appel. Tremendous thanks to outgoing School Board Directors Karen Hemphill and Josh Daniels. With their two decades of combined experience, I hope to continue to tap their expertise and wise counsel.

Thank you for your confidence and support!




We're heading into the home stretch!

“I never thought I could be an engineer until I joined Robotics program at Berkeley High School,” said Andrea, a junior.


The time is now to help me get elected to the Berkeley School Board so that I can continue support students like Andrea. By ensuring the School Board supports the amazing career education programs like the robotics, fire science, biotechnology, allied health, and the new carpentry and design studio, we can provide our students a robust curriculum that incorporates STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) with real life experiences that helps ignite their passions, engages their minds, and applies their skills.

Please take a moment to read my October 4th Daily Cal opinion piece: Career education encourages students to think big, go far

We're heading into the home stretch of the campaign. We have less than 3 weeks to make personal contact with Berkeley voters through the mail, on the phone, and at their doors.

Now is a perfect time to make that donation you've been meaning to send!

Click here to donate so that we can make we reach every voter (individuals can donate up to $250).

Click here if you'd like to walk precincts, flyer at BART, or make phone calls.

Please email at least 10 of your Berkeley friends and ask them to vote for Julie Sinai for School Board. Many Berkeley voters are absentee voters - so send your email as soon as you can!

Lastly, there are three school board seats up this election, I only want one. People have been asking me who to vote for - I enthusiastically support and encourage you to vote for Ka'Dijah Brown, a BHS grad and a public school teacher, and re-elect Ty Alper.




Check out my op-ed in the Daily Cal!

In case you missed it, I recently wrote an op-ed in the Daily Californian about how career technical education opens doors and increases opportunities for our students:

Career education encourages students to think big, go far

Without a skill-focused course in robotics, a student may never realize their dream of becoming an engineer. Opportunities such as this could lead to competitions, titles and connections in a career field that these students otherwise would have been unaware of. Today, approximately 33 percent of students at Berkeley High School are enrolled in a career technical education course. For decades, the educational community has rejected career education, formerly known as vocational education, because of the historical perception that it tracks low-performing students away from college preparation. We are now realizing on a national, state and local level, however, what we lost by eliminating hands-on education that is tied to high-demand, high-wage careers.

Nationally, 55 million new job opportunities are predicted to arise by the year 2020. Thirty-five percent will require a Bachelor’s degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate degree. According to former U.S. secretary of labor Robert Reich, those students who may not be suited for a traditional college experience could succeed in a “world-class technical and vocational educational system. There are a lot of jobs that are out there that are technical jobs. These jobs pay quite well and there is a scarcity of good people to do them.”

Students preparing for college and careers must master core academic subjects such as reading, writing and math. They also need to be competent in science and technology for the new global economy, as well as grounded in humanities and social sciences to be a well-rounded contributor to society. The profile of a college- and career-ready graduate encompasses competency in technology, critical thinking and problem-solving, along with skills that include teamwork and ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions.

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If you haven't already done so, now is the time to sign up to volunteer to make calls and knock on doors with Team Julie.  Please also consider making a donation to directly fund my GOTV work  - every donation from $25 to $250 ($250 maximum per individual) will help me to victory! 





Proud to be an Endorsed Democrat!

As a life-long Democrat who has actively worked on many campaigns over the years, I am excited to share that my run for Berkeley School Board has been FULLY ENDORSED by the Democratic Party and the various Democratic clubs in the East Bay! 

Alameda County Democratic Party

Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County

Berkeley Democratic Club

East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club

East Bay Young Democrats

John George Democratic Club

Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

Thanks to all of the Democratic Party members who sat through hours of interviews and deliberation as part of the endorsement process - I am humbled and honored to have your support.

In this last month before the election, there is a great deal of work to get out the vote for School Board, as well as the many candidates, propositions, and measures to be decided on. There are many opportunities to roll up your sleeves and volunteer your time with me through the Berkeley headquarters for the Democratic Party.

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to sign up to volunteer to make calls and knock on doors with Team Julie.  Please also consider making a donation to directly fund my GOTV work  - every donation from $25 to $250 ($250 maximum per individual) will help me to victory! If you would like a lawn sign, please email: volunteer@julie.vote. We will deliver!

I am grateful for your support - see you on the campaign trail!

Democratically yours,




Stroll with Julie!

We hope you are enjoying the last month of summer as we gear up for the most intense part of our campaign so far. To kick off the fall season, we will have a spirited contingent walking in the Solano Stroll parade on Sunday, September 9th.  We will gather on Colusa Ave. near the Community Safeway (formerly Andronicos). Please join us for the fun! Parade launches at 10:00, so please arrive no later than 9:30. Look for our banner. To walk with Julie in the parade, please RSVP by clicking here.

We will also be tabling at Solano Stroll from 10am to 5pm. Come by and say hello!


School is back in session, which means Back To School Nights are coming up.

Elementary: September 6th

Middle School: September 13th

High School: September 27th

If you're interested in volunteering to help with outreach on any of these evenings, please click here.

Thank you all for your support, we hope to see you on Solano Avenue next month!

-Team Julie



Papers Filed, and the Work Begins!

Yesterday, I met with the Berkeley City Clerk and my papers are now filed! We’re preparing to hit the campaign trail hard in the next couple of weeks. Yard signs will be ready, the Solano Stroll and Back to School Nights are coming up, and we’re mapping our precinct walks.

Please help me make it to the finish line by endorsing my campaign or making a contribution (maximum $250 per person). You can also sign-up to volunteer, host a house party, or display a sign.

Sending a BIG THANKS to all who have supported and endorsed me so far - I could not have gotten to this point without you. TOGETHER, we can make Berkeley schools the best in the state!




School's Out for Summer… and the Campaign Begins!

As we head into summer, my campaign is preparing for street fairs, house parties, and community events! There’s so much going on and so many opportunities to talk with students, parents and guardians, teachers, neighbors, and community leaders about our vision for the Berkeley Public Schools.

I want to take a brief moment to thank all of the current and former elected officials who have expressed their confidence in me by endorsing my campaign for Berkeley School Board:

State Senator Nancy Skinner

Berkeley School Board Directors: Ty Alper, Judy Appel, Josh Daniels, Karen Hemphill, and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin

Berkeley City Council Members Linda Maio, Susan Wengraf, and Lori Droste

Berkeley City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson

Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Karen Monroe

Alameda County Board of Education Trustee Ken Berrick

Peralta College Trustees Julina Bonilla, Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, and Karen Weinstein

Former Senator Loni Hancock

Former Assemblywoman Dion Aroner

Former Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

Former School Board Directors Pamela Doolan, Irene Hegarty, Steve Lustig, Pedro Noguera, Nancy Riddle

Former City Council Members Laurie Capitelli, Carole Kennerly, Darryl Moore, and Gordon Wozniak

"I'm supporting Julie because she has the experience, vision, and commitment our students and District need.  She will be an excellent Board member." Josh Daniels, President, Berkeley School Board

"Julie is committed to supporting teachers with training and resources to connect classroom lessons with real life experiences.  She knows that relevant curriculum combined with college and career planning is the key to ensuring all students are prepared to pursue their dreams. Join me in supporting Julie for Berkeley School Board." Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools

“I’m thrilled to endorse Julie Sinai for School Board. Julie has the kind of commitment and experience we need on the Board. She has a proven track record of working in partnership with the City, UC Berkeley, Berkeley City College, business, non-profits, parents/guardians, and with policy makers in Sacramento for the benefit of our children and families.” Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley Mayor

Please let my team know if you’d like to host a house party to introduce me to your friends and neighbors. If you haven’t already, please endorse my campaign or make a contribution today (maximum $250 per person).

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Thank You for a Successful Kick-Off!

We had an amazing kick-off for my campaign for Berkeley School Board! I want to thank everyone who spent a gorgeous Sunday afternoon sharing good food and fun times while discussing the important issues facing our students, our schools, and the District.

Photo credit: Mark Copeland. View more kick-off photos here.

The next four years for the School Board are critical, and I am committed to ensuring that:

  • Berkeley students have mastered language arts, math, science, and technology, and have developed a clear plan for their educational and career goals.
  • We eliminate the opportunity gap impacting African American and low-income students.
  • District staff receive competitive salaries for recruitment and retention, and we address the impact of the housing crisis.
  • We build momentum for the renewal of the 2020 Facilities Bond and Maintenance Parcel Tax.
  • Our schools possess a welcoming and supportive environment for parents and guardians to engage in their child's education.
  • We actively analyze and monitor the budget as it relates to District priorities.

I look forward to running a dynamic campaign and winning a seat on the Berkeley School Board - but there is a great deal of work ahead in order to win in November. Together, we can make Berkeley schools the best in the state! If you haven’t already, please endorse my campaign or make a contribution today (maximum $250 per person). You can also sign-up to volunteer, host a house party, or display a sign.

Thank you for your support!




June 10th: Help us launch my campaign for School Board!

As a proud parent of two graduates of the Berkeley Public Schools and as a long-time engaged member of our community, I consider it my responsibility and my passion to help ensure that all of Berkeley’s students graduate ready to take charge of their education, their career, and their future. That’s why I’m running for Berkeley School Board.

Please join co-hosts

Senator Nancy Skinner, School Board Directors Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Karen Hemphill, Josh Daniels, Judy Appel, and Ty Alper, City Council Members Linda Maio, Lori Droste, and Susan Wengraf, Peralta Community College Trustees Karen Weinstein, Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, and Julina Bonilla, Senator Loni Hancock (ret.), Tom Bates (ret.), City Council Member Darryl Moore (ret.) BFT President Cathy Campbell, Berkeley Fire Fighters Assoc Colin Arnold, David Sprague, John Caner, Ruben Lizardo, Stephanie Allan, Melissa Male, Trina Ostrander, Eric Weaver, Tirzah Riley, Jane Micallef, and Mary Jacobs

 Campaign Kick-Off
Julie Sinai for Berkeley School Board

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tender Greens

2071 University Ave, Berkeley


Please RSVP to volunteer@julie.vote

It’s no secret that preparing students to succeed in the 21st Century requires our school district to step up and build a full-throated commitment to literacy, math, science, technology and career exploration in a way that is relevant the world around them. 

I will apply my experience and deep connections across the region to support a vibrant educational community for our teachers and students, and harness the area’s unparalleled centers of excellence that include world renowned colleges and universities, forward looking businesses community, innovative community-based organizations, progressive local governments, inclusive and dynamic labor unions, and family members who have deep expertise, skills, and knowledge.

It is time for our schools and our students to tap this know-how and expertise that sits right in our backyard. It is time for this region to invest in our students.


What I bring to Berkeley Schools

  • Commitment to Equity

I cannot - we must not - rest until the persistent opportunity gap experienced by our students of color has vanished. I am determined to widen the pathway with on-ramps so all students, regardless of where they came from. When they leave our schools, they will have the skills and tools needed to successfully navigate their future.

  • 20 Years of Experience

My experience spans the journey of our students: I’ve worked in early childhood education, the Berkeley School District, the City of Berkeley, UC Berkeley, the community college system, and the non-profit community. I also proudly served as an appointed member of the Berkeley School Board in 2013-2014.

  • Accountability

I have a unique combination of leadership and program experience within both the non-profit and public sector. This experience has informed my rigorous approach to evaluating effectiveness and to ensuring fiscal responsibility. 

Thank you to all who have endorsed and donated!  If you haven’t already, please ENDORSE my campaign so we can work together to make Berkeley schools the best in the state. You can also sign up to volunteer, host a house party, or display a sign on line.

And Remember - please join us on June 10th at Tender Greens! If you can’t make it, please make a contribution online (maximum $250 per person) or by sending a check to Julie Sinai for School Board 2018, 1569 Solano Avenue #256, Berkeley, CA 94707.

Thank you for your support and quick action!




Berkeley Federation of Teachers Endorses Julie Sinai for Berkeley School Board!

I am honored and proud to announce that the Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT) endorsed me for Berkeley School Board.

Teachers work day in and day out to educate our children. They are determined to provide the best education for thousands of students. After being on their feet Monday through Friday in the classroom, they come home to grade papers and write lesson plans in the evenings and weekends, and they think about what training and rejuvenation they need over the summer to be the best teacher in the coming year.

Unfortunately, too many of our teachers are balancing the needs of their students while worrying about how they are going to meet their own needs here in the Bay Area. We're all reading stories in the newspapers of teachers across the region stressed about making rent, working two jobs, fearing eviction, living in their cars, and commuting long distances. When was the last time you heard about a teacher looking to buy a house? That's way out of reach.

I want our teachers to be in the classroom focusing on students, not worrying about their next rent payment. I want teachers to be able to afford to put roots in the community they serve. Berkeley teachers need strong School Board members who prioritize their needs in the classroom and the importance of recruiting, supporting, and retaining the best teachers in the Bay Area.

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to BFT for putting their confidence in me. And, I would like to congratulate School Board incumbent Ty Alper and candidate Ka'Dijah Brown, who also received the BFT endorsement for the November 6th School Board election.

Will you join BFT in supporting my campaign?  If you haven't already done so, you can add your name to the list of endorsers

Thank you!